Last Shop Hop Of The Year Is Tomorrow

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The holiday season is in full swing with cookie exchanges, Christmas parties, Nativity displays, light parades, and Christmas concerts. Fortunately, while the calendar may be full, each opportunity gives us a chance to be with family and friends in a meaningful way, so try to enjoy each moment as we hasten to Christmas Day.

The folks at the Senior Dining Hall are busy gearing up for their free Community Christmas Dinner, which is open to residents of Pine and Strawberry. The meal will be served at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day in the dining hall. If you are interested in attending, please R.S.V.P. at 476-4633 or in person at the Thrift Shop.

The Thanksgiving dinner was such a huge blessing to so many and the folks at SCAF would like to thank all the people who graciously donated food and services to make it such a success. I am sure that the Christmas dinner will be well appreciated by the residents of our community as well.

Tomorrow is the last 2nd Saturday Shop Hop of 2010 in Pine. The event begins at 4 p.m. and you can expect your favorite shops to offer a host of exciting specials, refreshments and other in-house treats to enhance your shopping experience. With Christmas right around the corner there’s no better time to head to Pine.

The Pine-Strawberry Arts & Crafts Guild will continue to welcome visitors to their Christmas Boutique this weekend and next. The Boutique is chock-full of beautiful homemade gifts sure to please everyone on your holiday list. The Christmas Boutique will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The newly formed chapter of the Kiwanis Builders Club is busy organizing students at the Pine Strawberry School for two important causes. The first, Kaitie’s Closet, collects new and gently used clothing for local kids. You may drop off items at the collection boxes at the school, or at either the Pine or Strawberry fire stations. Kaitie’s Closet is an ongoing program, so any time you have clothing that would benefit the program, you may drop it off at the collection boxes.

The second project is the holiday food drive to benefit the Pine-Strawberry Food Bank. Since the purpose of the Builders Club is to encourage children to give back to their community, each class will compete to see who can bring in the most food items. The kids will be collecting non-perishable food items through Dec. 17. The class that collects the most items will win a cookie and cocoa party.

Future Builders Club projects include painting the school bus stops in both Pine and Strawberry.

The Pine-Strawberry School has a need for volunteer tutors to assist students in junior high math and reading tutors for grades 3 through 6. A valid fingerprint card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety is required for each volunteer. If you do not have a card, the school will provide payment so that you may obtain one. If you are interested in helping out with this worthwhile cause, call Doris Randall at 928-476-3283 or e-mail her at drandall@pineesd.org.

The school is also seeking a certified music/band teacher to begin July 22, 2011. Applicants may contact Principal Mike Clark, mclark@pineesd.org, or Doris Randall at the above e-mail or phone number.

Don’t forget the children’s Christmas program Tuesday, Dec. 14. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and takes place in the school gym. You can expect to hear your favorite Christmas carols and lots of holiday cheer provided by the students of the Pine-Strawberry School. There is no cost to attend, so be sure to come out and enjoy the show.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library will host its second family craft event “Raining Reindeer with an Occasional Chance of a Snowman” this Thursday, Dec. 14 between 4 and 5:30 p.m. This is a great chance for you to join your children in making fun holiday ornaments. All of the material is supplied by the library, and there is no need to pre-register, so be sure to stop by and participate in this unique holiday treat.

Before I close this week, I want to thank all the folks along Highway 87 who have decorated their homes and businesses this year. It is such a delight to drive through Pine at night and see the multitude of lights and cheery displays throughout the entire corridor. It really does bring a bit of warmth and joy to the long, dark days of December! I’m sure I speak for many others when I say that your efforts are much appreciated.

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